Fender Jazzmaster was initially introduced in 1958 and had several significant differences comparing to the Strat and the Tele. This model was specifically developed for jazz music. It featured a body contour that was more comfortable for holding the guitar while seated, а rosewood fingerboard over the maple neck and a new top-mounted two-piece vibrato system. One more remarkable feature of the Jazzmaster is its pickups. They are larger than the ones on most other Fender models. And the guitar itself has darker and warmer tone comparing to other Fender guitars.
Unfortunately the Jazzmaster didn’t get the popularity it deserved among jazz players. But this guitar was quite popular with Surf guitarists of the late 50s and early 1960s and is popular among indie and alternative rockers nowadays. Here are just some of the musicians who used Fender Jazzmaster: Elvis Costello, Chris Dreja, Thurston Moore (Sonic Youth) and Thom Yorke (Radiohead).